Google Maps is not adding pop-up ads during navigation

Google Maps is not introducing pop-up ads during navigation, as clarified by Google. The confusion arose from a user mistaking “Promoted Pins,” which highlight nearby businesses along a route, for pop-up ads. These pins have been part of Google Maps for a while and do not pop up on their own; they expand only if tapped and disappear quickly. This feature aims to avoid driver distraction. A user’s claim of a pop-up ad was likely due to accidental screen touch or a glitch. This testing appears limited, and Google has not provided further details.

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